BEAUMONT, Texas – Jackie Edwards came to the St. Mary’s women’s basketball program known as a scorer.
One exhibition game in, and she certainly seems able to live up to the billing.
Edwards, a prolific scorer as a high schooler at San Antonio Holy Cross High School, scored 19 points for the Lady Rattlers in a 62-56 defeat to Lamar on Tuesday.
Edwards, a sophomore transfer from New Mexico Junior College, shot 6 for 19, picking up from her high-school days when she averaged 24 points as a senior en route to winning numerous awards.
Teammate DeAnna Patterson (Sr., Converse, Texas) scored nine points against Lamar and Liz Boyd (Jr., San Antonio) added eight.
With the game tied 54-54 with 2:20 left, Lamar broke away down the stretch, going on an 8-2 run to close the game.
For St. Mary’s, the disparity at the foul stripe largely told the difference. Lamar, which competes in the Southland Conference of NCAA Division I, got 24 free-throw attempts, converting 14, with a pair of Lady Rattlers fouling out. St. Mary’s, meanwhile, converted just 4-of-8 shots from the charity line.
Still, St. Mary’s held on until the very end.
Bria Bell (So., Mesquite, Texas) led the Lady Rattlers with six rebounds, while freshman Morgan Pullins (Franklin, Mich.) hauled in six boards while dishing out a team-high three assists.